Ranitidine HCL

Where is Ranitidine HCL used?

Ranitidine HCL is used to prevent and treat peptic ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  This is a prescription that blocks the production of acid. This belongs to the class of medications called Histamine-2 (H2) blockers. This prescription is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984. This product is supplied as a tablet.

How does Ranitidine HCL work?

Ranitidine HCL blocks the H2 receptors that stop the cells from producing too much stomach acid. H2 receptors are to be found on the cells inside the stomach lining. Natural body chemical called histamine usually acts on these receptors that cause them to produce stomach acid to help digest food.

This medication also lessens the backflow of acid into the food pipe that can cause damage to the food pipe and heartburn symptoms. By lessening the amount of acid in the stomach and duodenum, this medicine allows peptic ulcers to heal.

Your indigestion and heartburn should start to feel better within an hour or 2 hours. The effects will usually last for around 12 hours. It may take a few weeks for this medication to work properly. Depending on your problems, you may still have some acid symptoms during this time.

How is Ranitidine HCL taken?

The tablet is to be taken by mouth depending on the dosage that will be prescribed to you. Take each dose exactly as it is given by your doctor. Do not take in smaller or larger amounts or for longer than the prescription. Your doctor may give you a lower dose to start and gradually increase it.

Each dose may be taken with or without a meal. Take it regularly for the best benefit of this product. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Do not suddenly stop this treatment without the consent of your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of Ranitidine HCL?

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

What are the precautions in taking Ranitidine HCL?

  • Tell your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to this drug. This may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Do not use this product in children younger than 12 unless it is directed by your doctor. Older adults may also be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
  • Before taking Ranitidine HCL, let your doctor know if you have any medical history such as liver or kidney problems and any other stomach problems.
  • During pregnancy, this should only be used if needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Ranitidine HCL.
  • If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first. If you get pregnant or planning to become pregnant while having this medication, call your doctor right away.
  • Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • If there are signs of an overdose, call for medical emergency help right away.
  • Let your doctor know about all the medication you are taking including vitamins or herbal supplements. You should not start a new medication without telling your doctor.